Climate Solutions Caucus Laser Talk

This page was updated on 02/03/19 at 21:50 CST.

Question:  What is the Climate Solutions Caucus?

Answer:  In February of 2016, two Florida Congressmen formed the Climate Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan working group in the House of Representatives. It is comprised of an equal number of Democrats and Republicans working together to study, develop, and introduce legislative solutions to the challenges we face as a result of climate change.

By November of that first year, the Caucus had grown to 20 members – 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans. After the 2016 election, it dropped to 9 Democrats and 6 Republicans due to retirements and losses, but quickly recovered and continued to grow.

By November of 2018, the Caucus roster had reached 90 members, drawn equally from each party, [1,2] a sign of accelerating interest in bipartisan problem-solving in general, and specifically with regard to climate change. After the 2018 election, 27 members either retired or lost their seats, but the caucus is in the process of being rebuilt under the leadership of founding member Ted Deutch, a Florida Democrat, and the new co-chair, Florida Republican Francis Rooney. [3]

Even though the Climate Solutions Caucus were not required to support a carbon fee and dividend plan, we were thrilled to see that all 10 sponsors of the 2018 bill (H.R.7173), as well as all six of the original cosponsors of the reintroduced Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividends Act of 2019 (H.R.763) are Caucus alumni. We honor their commitment to the mission of depoliticizing our changing climate, and have confidence the Caucus will be re-chartered, rebuilt, and continue to provide an important catalyst for enactment of sensible, effective, and fair bipartisan climate legislation.

Related: Bipartisanship.

  1. “Climate Solutions Caucus.” Citizens’ Climate Lobby (accessed 6 April 2018).
  2. “Who is in the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus?” Friends Committee on National Legislation (accessed 6 April 2018).
  3. Biography, Francis Rooney, Congressman from Florida’s 19th District (consulted 3 Feb 2019).

 

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